MCHS will meet White Castle
By GEOFF STOUTE
Morgan City will begin its football season with a road trip to White Castle Friday to play the Class 1A school.
Morgan City enters the contest after handily defeating Berwick, 33-14 during the final game of the St. Mary Parish Jamboree at Tiger Stadium Friday.
White Castle fell to Plaquemine, 13-7, in a game that White Castle led at one point 6-0.
Plaquemine, like Morgan City — a 4A school, is tied with St. Thomas More for the No. 9 ranking in the initial Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A poll.
Morgan City coach Dennis Lorio said White Castle, which won the Class 1A state title in 2010, is a speedy team with 16 returning starters.
He said the Bulldogs run a “speed-wing offense,” which he said includes plenty of sweeps and counters as well as passing.
Lorio said White Castle’s quarterback is “very talented. He’s a very good runner, a big kid and also powerful.”
On defense, he said the Bulldogs have a 4-2-5 defense and they are “active” on the edged with their defensive ends and outside linebackers.
“We have to continue to play well on defense (and) we have to improve on special teams. We’re trying to get a little more consistent on offense,” Lorio said of his squad heading into this week’s match.
While the speedy Bulldogs likely will present challenges in the kickoff return game, something the Tigers had trouble a week ago against Berwick, surrendering a long return to begin the game and another for a touchdown, Lorio said the Tigers have made some personnel changes on special teams.
“We’ve tried to shore up our kickoff coverage, and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” he said.
He did say long returns like the Tigers gave up last week do happen in the game of football, noting that TCU returned a long one for a score against LSU last week.
A positive for Morgan City last week was its rushing attack, which churned out nearly 250 yards rushing.
Sophomore running back Jacolbi Francois had 78 yards and four touchdowns, while junior Kevon Marsh had 87 yards.
Junior quarterback Jaylen Jones rushed for 55 yards and a score and completed two passes for 47 yards.
Morgan City’s defense surrendered one touchdown, with 2:23 to play in the contest.
Lorio said White Castle is similar to Morgan City in that they play a lot of players on offense and defense.